Revelations On JFK Cover-Up Provide Citizen Tools For Counter-Terrorism 

Recent disclosures documenting the cover-up that protected President John F. Kennedy’s killers could help the public understand today’s terrorism-related news, including the mysteries surrounding the San Bernadino and Paris attacks and the allied escalation against ISIS in Syria.  

Whistleblowers, expert books and declassified documents are bolstering the already solid case that the Warren Commission deceived the public about Kennedy’s 1963 assassination and alleged sole assassin Lee Harvey Oswald.

Emerging evidence has reinforced the now-overwhelming case discrediting the commission’s findings protecting JFK’s killers and also has exposed a pervasive, sinister and secret disinformation process that has grown over time in its ability to shape civic discourse on matters ranging from election politics to war and terrorism.

Government officials, academics, journalists and their powerful patrons in the private sector have continued to deceive the public, according to these latest findings in our 29-part “Readers Guide to the JFK Assassination.”

More generally, the evidence shows that intelligence agencies coordinated a covert and arguably increasing control of public debate on many important civic issues including but not limited to the JFK assassination.

The bad news for the public is that most of those involved in the disinformation appear to have scant knowledge or concern about their role in spreading disinformation and half-truth. So, the system is self-reinforcing as careerists and opportunists babble against “conspiracy theories” and ignore plain evidence as they advance their careers.

The good news is that anyone not blinded by preconceptions an d bias can examine the JFK murder evidence and emerge with a powerful understanding of the motives and methods of those who protected the president’s killers — and why their successors continue to wreak havoc today with scant accountability.

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While most Americans were enjoying a Thanksgiving holiday last week, dramatic developments unfolded in the Middle East that affect the region's long term future.

Even so, the mainstream media have failed to report the most significant implications, including reaction of leading 2016 U.S. presidential candidates to vitally important issues involving terrorism.

That should not be surprising. Media outlets work in tandem with U.S. policymakers for the most part to put a rosy glow on initiatives supported by the bipartisan foreign establishment that generally advocates war in the Middle East and increased military spending elsewhere, ostensibly to fight "terrorists" like ISIS and Al Qaeda.

So, the most influential media readily side-step developments that do not match official narratives. In contrast, the analysis below draws heavily from the facts unfolding. 

The possibility of hostilities between Russia and NATO members gave new prominence last week to Western commentators who argue that rogue elements within the United States government and its allies — including Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Israel — are secretly supporting the Islamic State (also known as ISIS, ISIL and Daesh) and its Al Qaeda affiliates. Today's column explores this topic and Russia's reaction to the deaths of two of its military personnel at the hands of Turkey and U.S.-supported rebels last week.

On Nov. 24, two U.S.-supplied F-16 Turkish fighter planes shot down a Russian Su-24 supersonic bomber (of the type shown in the adjoining Russian military photo) that, at most, crossed a narrow peninsula of Turkish territory in Hatay province for a few seconds in the kind of incident that does not normally prompt a fatal response.

In an apparent war crime forbidden under international law, Turkmen Brigade rebels on the ground then fatally shot the Russian pilot while he was parachuting to earth as a helpless target. The rebels used U.S.-supplied weaponry also to kill a Russian marine attempting a helicopter rescue of the pilot and his navigator.

Russian Su-24 bomberRussia reacted in part by deploying an advanced weapons system in Syria that may be creating, in effect, a Russian-controlled No Fly Zone. This would preempt an allied-controlled buffer and/or No Fly Zone that many Turkish and American politicians have previously advocated to protect rebels seeking to overthrow Syria's government.

As reported in Russia “Violated” Turkish Airspace Because Turkey “Moved” Its Border, Turkey had declared that it has already extended its border unilaterally eight kilometers into Syria to, in effect, create a protected zone for rebels. Other nations do not recognize this informal extension.

The Russian government and the rescued plane navigator, Capt. Konstantin Murakhtin, said the Russian plane never crossed into Turkish territory at all.

Middle East Eye editor Gareth Porter wrote in The real reason for Turkey's shoot-down of the Russian jet that the Turks' true motive in a pre-planned strike against the Russians was to protect foreign fighters in Syria affiliated with Turk-backed rebels fighting Syria's government via the Al Qaeda affiliate Al Nusra Front. Dr. Porter, an independent journalist, wrote also that the Obama administration is well aware of Turkey's dubious claims, "But the administration is far too committed to its policy of working with Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar to force regime change to reveal the truth about the incident."

Whatever the case, Russia reacted to the brutal Syrian rebel shootings by deploying the S-400 advanced anti-aircraft system that Israel, in particular, has long feared as a military “game changer” in the region. The system (shown below at right) could endanger Israeli and allied military flights.

For years, Israel had successfully persuaded Russia to delay delivery to Syria and Iran of the predecessor S-300 missile systems developed in 1979 and contracted for sale to those countries. The much more advanced S-400 entered limited service in 2004.

Russian S-400 antiaircraft systemRussia said it has now deployed the systems. The S-400 deployment in Syrian and concurrent deployment of the S-300 to Iran coincided last week with Russia’s increased bombing runs against the land-based Syrian rebels who are allied with Turkey, NATO and other Middle Eastern governments seeking the overthrow of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Russia, invited into the fray by Assad, is allied with Iran and Hezbollah fighters from Lebanon in defending Syria against rebels that include jihadists reportedly drawn from more than 70 nations, including Russia, Britain, France and the United States. It has recently been disclosed that the CIA for four years has been supporting rebels secretly against Assad.

Russia also deployed a cruiser with anti-aircraft missiles in the nearby Mediterranean Sea and stated that future bombing runs against terrorists in Syria would be accompanied by advanced fighters that could destroy attackers from the air. Further, it announced economic sanctions against its trading partner Turkey, including a potential hold on a major pipeline project through Turkey to Europe. Additionally, commentator Paul Craig Roberts reports that a former U.S. Air Force expert has informed him that Russia has twice shown recently that it has a new stealth technology that can disable all radar and satellite communications by allies in the most important regions of Western Syria.

But Russia vowed no tit-for-tat military reprisal against Turkey for what Russian President Vladimir Putin called "a stab in the back." But Putin did announce economic reprisals putting at risk $30 billion in trade ties between the two countries.

American Critics Speak Out

In the wake of the shootdown, American critics of government policy are reminding their audiences that American political, military and intelligence leaders at the highest levels have secretly hidden basic facts from the Western public about government complicity with jihadists — and that the threat is so dangerous that true patriots must bypass the complicit mainstream media and warn the public.

David PetraeusOur own research indicates that those American officials hiding such secrets clearly include the Obama White House, 2016 Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton, her major GOP opponents, congressional leaders of both parties, and top CIA and military leaders.

They have repeatedly deceived the American public about foreign assistance that the United States and its allies have used in their so-far unsuccessful effort to overthrow Syria’s president beginning four years ago in a covert operation supervised by then-CIA Director David Petraeus, shown in an official photo before his forced resignation in November 2012.

The result of the U.S.-concocted rebellion in Syria has been an estimated 300,000 Syrian lives lost, with many millions more now refugees from their destroyed or unsafe homes and workplaces.

Refugees include hundreds of thousands from Syria roaming through Europe, many of them shipped out by Turkey from relief camps. The migration is causing chaos in Europe. Legitimate Syrian refugees are mixed in with equally forlorn economic refugees from Libya and other nations that NATO destabilized in Africa and the Middle East.

Angry jihadists and other cultural warriors are undoubtedly a major part of the mix also. They are not likely to be detected for the most part, however, until they become more rooted and active in new communities. As a result, European popular fury is growing against the Turk, U.S. and other NATO leaders for their Middle Eastern war-mongering that created the Syrian refugee crisis and such threats as the Paris terrorist bombing earlier this month.

Impoverished refugees are en route to also to North America. Many Americans fear that a deceptive and divided federal leadership in Washington, DC cannot cope with complex security and financial issues, especially given the government's track record of repeated failures and false promises, especially on immigration policy.

Those following such issues know also that Petraeus, his successor John Brennan, and Obama’s special anti-ISIS Syran Special Envoy John Allen, a former general and close ally of Petraeus, have an especially dangerous record of advancing sinister agendas under the guise of fighting terrorism.

Their top priorities have been to please their neoconservative supporters by conducting a secret war against Assad while they quietly coddle Al Qaeda and ISIS elements that function at times as bogeyman generating public fear and bigger budgets for counterterrorism.

Petraeus, now CEO of a Wall Street firm and also a thought-leader in national security circles, advocated this month that the United States ally with al Qaeda groups in Syria (Petraeus: Use Al Qaeda Fighters to Beat ISIS) — as if the public could so easily forget that the Bush-era "War on Terror" was to target Al Qaeda. The successors to the U.S.-sponsored rebels fighting the Soviet Union in Afghanistan during the early 1980s are radical jihadists by most definitions, not "moderate" rebels.

At this point, much more scrutiny is merited for the supposed experts and allies who guide our foreign policy while coddling the barbaric practices of radical Islam's killers, rapists, sex slave traffickers, and torturers.

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South Front via The Saker, The air navigator of the SU-24: 'I have a debt to repay for the Commander,' video pool interview, Nov. 26, 2015. Today at the Latakia air base, Capt. Konstantin Murakhtin, an air navigator of the Russian SU-24 frontline bomber which was shot down by the Turks, gave his first interview with Russian media, in which he stated that there is no way that his plane violated Turkish airspace. "No. It is not possible, not even for one second," he said, as translated. "Especially because we were flying at around 6.000 meters, the weather was clear, as we say in our jargon a day in a million, our whole flight up to the moment that the rocket hit us was completely under my control. I saw the border and our exact location perfectly both on the map and on the surroundings. There was not even the threat of crossing over into Turkey," he told reporters. "We have carried out combat missions there many times, we know the area inside out, we perform combat missions and return on the reverse route to the air base. As the navigator, I know practically every elevation over there. I can even navigate without instruments," he said.

The pilot said that the Turkish missile hit the plane suddenly and it was not possible for the crew to avoid it and there was no advance warning from the Turkish side. In fact there were no warnings at all – not by radio traffic and not visually, there was just no contact. For this reason we went on combat course in regular mode. You need to understand how fast a bomber is and how fast a F16 fighter is. If they had wanted to warn us, they could have shown themselves, by holding a parallel course, but there was nothing like that. In effect, the missile suddenly came at the tail of our plane anyway. We didn't even observe it visually, which might have allowed us to carry out an anti-missile maneuver, said the pilot.

Captain Murakhtin added that he himself feels all in all ok now. "I wait impatiently for them to discharge me to return to duty immediately," he continued. " will ask command headquarters to leave me at this airbase, I have a debt to repay for the commander."

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As the 52nd anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's death approaches this weekend, the murder and cover up hold great lessons for understanding current events.

Peter Dale ScottThe following are points this editor discusses Nov. 21 at the Annual JFK Assassination Conference Nov. 20-22 at the Crowne Plaza Downtown Hotel in Dallas. 

  • JFK was one of the last leaders to fight Wall Street’s war complex. Most leaders are talented puppets who are highly beholden — but not completely — to behind-the-scenes controllers whose true loyalties sometimes are not known even to the office holders;
  • Puppet masters, provocateurs, foreign agents, assassins, moles, cutouts, cover-up artists and career-minded opportunists have beguiled a distracted public into letting our watchdog institutions in Congress, the courts, bureaucracies, universities, and media shirk their duty to provide effective remedies;
  • Grassroots action by those armed with true facts and effective strategies can and must rescue the country.

President Obama is struggling now in Syria to withstand strong escalation pressures from the bipartisan military-intelligence complex. This is similar to the pressures President Kennedy faced from the war establishment to escalate against Cuba, the Soviet Union and in Vietnam in 1962 and 1963.

Author Peter Dale Scott of the University of California at Berkeley and shown in a photo is a confirmed speaker also. Scott, shown in a file photo, popularized the terms "Deep Politics" and "Deep State" beginning with his books on the JFK assassination.

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A dramatic boycott by tens of thousands of grocery store employees and their customers to preserve store traditions in New England provides the story line for the compelling new documentary We the People: The Market Basket Market Basket Effect Film PosterEffect, which was screened with expert commentators this week at a special showing in Washington, DC.

The movie effectively conveyed the passion and drama of a regional battle last year that energized employees and customers of the family-run Market Basket chain in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine.

Discussing the film's importance Nov. 9 were New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan, Director Nick Buzzell, and Producer Ted Leonsis, a major high tech and entertainment executive (shown blow, from left to right).

Also speaking were Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and event host Neera Tanden, president of the Center for American Progress, which described the film as a "vivid and thorough portrayal of the most memorable labor protest in recent American history." Photos of the event are via the Facebook pages of Buzzell's NBTV Studios.

Our report here on the film provides what we hope is an entertaining break from our normal fare, which focuses heavily on grim realities from around the world unearthed by investigative reporting. But readers interested in solving problems can learn from the reform techniques illustrated by the movie. The gist: If you care about something get involved, using one of the ways that are proven effective and need not be difficult.

The Market Basket Effect sympathetically traces the early success of two immigrant brothers who started a butcher/grocery business nearly a century ago, beginning in the factory community of Lowell, northwest of Boston. The stores operated for many years under the family name DeMoulas Supermarkets.

Maggie Hassan, Nick Buzzell, Ted LeonsisIn recent years, the family evolved the trade name to "Market Basket" and expanded to 75 locations serving some two million customers via a company valued at nearly three billion dollars.

The film portrays recent success as occurring in part from the passionate commitment by longtime CEO Arthur T. DeMoulas to his family's tradition of good wages for employees, low prices for customers, and celebration of the grocery business as, in effect, a civic activity and not simply a business or chore.

A subtext is a the Greek-American community's traditional expertise in food, originally developed in many small stores and restaurants, and celebrated more privately in family and church circles. 

The result of the high-wage and low customer price policy? Strong worker and community loyalty.

Perhaps predictable also was that some heirs — ultimately constituting a majority of shares — resented CEO decisions that failed to keep shareholder income as high as industry norms that follow a different retail store formula, such as Walmart's relatively low wages and benefits. In 1990, some family members also filed suit accusing the CEO of fraud.

Most of the movie vividly portrays how the vast majority of Market Basket's 25,000 employees and then customers boycotted the stores after the board fired “Arthur T.” during the summer of 2014. This created a financial crisis for the company owners as well as a ripple effect threatening other parts of the regional business supply chain.

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